[Week 20] Hollingworth CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Much like our previous scheduled fixture, Saturday’s match against promotion favourites Hollingworth fell foul to the lovely British summer weather, albeit this week without a single ball being bowled, something I believe was the case across all four divisions of the DCCL, with only two games left in the season, it is looking increasingly unlikely that we’ll manage to clinch the remaining promotion spot, but as we face 3rd place Mottram for our final home match of 2016 next week, and 2nd place Hollingworth play 4th place High Lane, it hopefully makes for an exciting end of season away-day at confirmed Division 4 Champions Hazel Grove CC on the 17th, who will hopefully be resting after their successful campaign; congratulations to them.

Either way, hopefully next Saturday will see the arrival of the electronic scoreboard I’ve been building over the summer, just in time to be shut away a week later for the winter once I find somewhere that’s big enough to house it.

[Week 18] Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

10_light_rain_shower_dayThe weather dealt Staly’s 2nds a large blow to their promotion chances, with just 5 weeks and 4 games to go in the season, todays against 2nd to bottom Chapel-en-le-Frith was a must win to ensure Brian Stone’s men were to keep in contention for a promotion spot, with 3rd place Hollingworth playing 4th place Mottram, two of the three teams we’ll have to face before the season ends, with top of the table Hazel Grove being the last day of the season.

Rain, rain, go away…, and don’t come again, if you don’t mind!

A fifteen minute delay to the start of the game meant both teams would start 2 overs short, and Chapel only manage to field 8 players, a win, if the game completed seemed a very likely outcome, unfortunately the Derbyshire weather had other ideas, causing the game to be stopped after just 6 overs, and the stopwatch started; by 3:30, tea was called early, to hopefully allow a change in the rain, and all the while we were in-doors, the sun happily shone through the black clouds taunting us with sunny spells, but as 4 o’clock came round and the players took to the field, the heavens opened again, without a ball being played, bringing the players straight back off.

Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 20th August 2016

Knowing Stalybridge needed a result, the captains held on as long as possible, but with 21 overs now reduced for the home sides’ innings, and patience from the players rapidly dwindling, the umpire finally made the only possible decision and to call the game, leaving both sides with seven points each, and the vain hope the Hollingworth vs Mottram game finished in a similar manner.

Next week sees the 2nds with a break, due to the odd number of teams in the league, but the following week, an away trip to Hollingworth.

Result: Rain affected draw. 🙁


[Week 17] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Offerton CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XI2nd XI’s 4th consecutive win keeps push for promotion on track, and Bez stays ’til the end.

With Brian doing his usual sleight of hand with the coin-toss, he put Stalybridge into bat to try and maximise points, being a point behind Mottram CC at the start of the day, who don’t play today due to the odd number of teams in the league, despite a slow start, with only 26 runs on the board after 15 overs, albeit down a decent performance from both openers, it was the introduction of James Beswick at #4 that made the difference to the innings, managing to survive 27 overs to finish the innings 64 not out, the main other notable performance of the innings was from Extras, who managed 30, due to a large number of wide deliveries from the Offerton bowlers, with the full 45 overs complete, Stalybridge had put 183 on the board, for 6 wickets, with Offerton openers Karl Martin and Imran Solail, managing 2-40 and 0-23 respectively for their full 12 overs each.

Just four balls into the Offerton innings, James Beswick dismissed opening batsman Karl Martin for 0 and his opposite counterpart Jim Senior only survived 10 deliveries before suffering a massive back spasm, which saw him caught behind by keeper Joe Robinson, however 30 minutes later an ambulance had to be called for Jim, due to his being in such pain and unable to move, everyone in the the 2nds hope he’s ok, and wishes him a speedy recovery.

With nine straight maidens from Beswick and Pete Coxon, it took until the 10th over before bat touched ball to generate runs, the next 4 wickets fell to Pete Coxon in quick succession and a protracted batting performance from #3 Imran Solail was kept to just 13 runs from 80 balls, before being dismissed by Gary Sandiford,  but it was his final strike partner Tony Davies who contributed most to Offertons innings with 37 before being caught at slip by Alex Wilde, the visiting side then doggedly frustrated the Stalybridge bowlers hanging on for the remaining overs to finish the match 107 for 9 denying the home side maximum bowling points.

The result sees Stalybridge move up into second place in the league table, at least until next week, which sees them head back into deepest, darkest Derbyshire to take on Chapel-en-le-Frith.

I was hoping to have had the electronic scoreboard in place for the 2nd to last home game for the 2nds, but delays with the metal-work meant it will only get one game this season, before being put into storage.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI win by 76 runs.

Match scorecard: Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI-Offerton 2nd XI

[Week 16] Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIMudi gets a 5fer in his last game for Stalybridge and Bez has a decent knock.

Being the club-man that I am, I chose to spend my birthday not with my football team Stalybridge Celtic, celebrating a 1-0 win on their opening game of the new season (mainly because they were in Boston, Lincs. tbh) but with my cricketing buddies again in deepest Derbyshire, on a lovely summers day, chilling out in a little stone and wood hut for a few hours.

Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 6th August, 2016

The game started, with Brian and his magic coin winning the toss and electing to bat, at a sedate pace, with the same openers from last week, but a moment of indecision saw Alex Wilde taking the option of being run-out sparing Mike Whitworth at the other end, last weeks big scorer Joe Robinson came in but sent one skywards to be caught by Ashley Sharp; his dismissal saw the arrival of James Beswick who saw off the rest of the Stalybridge innings 66 not out, while the rest of the Stalybridge batsmen came and went, with only Madussar Bashir hitting 35 from 17 deliveries being notable, his first 7 balls being . 6 6 . . 6 6 peppering the cows in the adjacent field, with Brian Stones “dubious” LBW decision, (I’m sure he’ll show you the bruise on his abdomen if you ask nicely), Stalybridge’s innings came to an end just 7 runs short of maximum batting points on 193.

After tea (double helping of cream and strawberry scones – ommnom), Birch Vale suffered early wickets with both opening batsmen falling before the 3rd over, but the arrival of RAF PE Instructor Ashley Sharp, with a bat that had more middle than me, saw the major threat Birch Vale had to offer, and it was blatantly obvious to all present that his removal would be key to the result, thankfully the steady hands of keeper Mike Whitworth got his first of three catches from Mudi with the faintest of nicks off Sharp’s tree trunk bat on 31, to the delight of the Stalybridge contingent. Once he was gone, it was just 11 runs and 5.3 overs before the remaining 5 wickets fell to Messrs. Bashir (6-27) and Beswick (4-42) ending the host side’s innings on 74, really pleased Mudi got his 5fer, as it is his last game for Stalybridge St. Paul’s as he starts a new job with British Gas on Monday, we all wish you well matey, you’ll be missed (though not by his opposition no doubt), and I’m sure you’ll be welcome back anytime.

So we headed back to Stalybridge for a few tins just in time to see the 1sts beating Birch Vale’s 1sts in the corresponding home fixture.  Well done lads.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 119 runs.

Match scorecard: Birch Vale & Thornsett 2nd XI-Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI.

[Week 15] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Compstall CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIBatters bowled well, bowlers bowled well, the opposition… well…

Despite being turned over by 118 runs at their place at the start of the season, the return fixture was a massively one-sided affair in the opposite direction.  After losing the toss and being put into bat, openers Mike Whitworth and Alex Wilde were aggressive from the outset, with Mike being caught behind for 51 from 54 balls,  and Alex with 31 from 55, but the introduction of returning Joe Robinson with Mike’s dismissal put another 73 runs on the board; it was during Joe’s innings that he belted a cover drive, which captain Neil Cooper foolishly tried to catch, and injured his thumb in the process, causing him to leave the field for 20 or so overs to recuperate. Coupled with 24 from Pete Coxon and 18 a-piece from Mike Hatton and Mudi Bashir, saw the home side finish their 45 overs with a commanding lead of 238 for 7 wickets.

The aggression didn’t subside after tea (lovely btw Gaz’s missus) when the bowlers coming out full on samosas and chicken tikka, with Pete Coxon taking just 5 balls of his first over to start the visitors demise with the dismissal of #2 batsman Dave Carne, but had to wait until the 10th over before taking the next wicket of fellow opener Jarrod Ince; from that point forward however, it was just a rout with Compstall unable to form a lasting partnership, and with the young bowler James Chew’s removal on 21, it took Madussar Bashir and Pete Coxon just 5 more overs to dismantle the remaining batting order, with 7 batsmen falling for 0 runs, finishing with just 6 more runs to end up 27 all out.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s win by 211 runs.

Match scorecard: Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI-Compstall 2nd XI

[Week 14] Buxworth CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIMike Brown and Alex Wilde give opening batsman masterclass and Faz gets a 5fer.

After getting lost in a little cul-de-sac because Google Maps thought Buxworth Cricket Club was at the top of it (something I’ve contacted them about, and is fixed already), we arrived at the ground just as Brian was losing the toss, and was put into bowl, and by ‘eck it’s a small ground, surrounded by some beautiful Derbyshire scenery.

Buxworth 2nds vs Stalybridge 2nds: 23rd July 2016
Buxworth 2nds vs Stalybridge 2nds: 23rd July 2016

Mudi Bashir looked to be back in the form he was lacking last week, taking two early wickets, but with the fall of the first brought their captain Mike Edwards onto the field, who made a couple of decent partnerships, with the next couple of batsmen, before being caught by Mudi for Faz Hussain’s first wicket, and with his dismissal just having gotten his half-century with 56, it appears Buxworth didn’t have a plan B, as the rest fell to the combined bowling attack of Faz, Pete Coxon and finally Mudi getting the 10th wicket to see Buxworth all out for 140, by my estimation probably 30-40 short of a par for that ground, what was funnier was Faz not being aware that he’d gotten a 5th wicket, he completely forgot he got the catch from Mudi too, so was pretty buzzing that he’d got his 5fer, well done mate.

After what appeared to be the shortest (albeit lovely) tea’s in history, but perhaps that was the Stella keeping time, it was time for Stalybridge to bat, and for the next 29.3 overs Mike Brown and Alex Wilde took everything the Buxworth bowlers could throw at them, and proceeded to pepper the short boundaries with Mike hitting 9 fours and 5 sixes, his first clearing the Buxworth pavilion, and two others hitting the houses just beyond the grounds’ wall finishing on 86 from 88 balls, and Alex completing the innings with a four, his eighth of his innings to end on 40 with just one more delivery than Mike at 89 balls, for Stalybridge to get the maximum 20 points.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nds win by 10 wickets and 4 runs.

Match scorecard: Buxworth 2nd XI-Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI

[Week 13] Stalybridge St. Pauls 2nd XI vs High Lane 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIWith some stirling work getting the ground in a state where there could be a game on, for the first time in a month, Brian Stone won the toss, and put 10 man (later to be 11) High Lane into bat, with opener Chris Simpson in the crease for 50 minutes, being dismissed for 11, to say it was a slow start would be an understatement, however his removal brought youngster Patrick Firth into bat, who despite being dropped three times, all during Faz Hussains bowling overs, managed a decent 64 runs to bring the pace up a good amount, to finish with H Anjan and Z Choudhary with 30 and 20 not out each to end the innings 174 for 5, unfortunately the Stalybridge bowlers were having an off-day, with only Pete Coxon putting in a notable performance with 2-29 off his regulation twelve (though he missed out on his hat-trick that had been waiting to be played for 4 weeks).

The same two ending batters opened the bowling for High Lane, but it was their main batsman Patrick Firth (2-25) and fellow spin bowler Mark Short (4-45) who frustrated the Stalybridge batsmen, keeping the run rate below 3 an over for the majority of the game, when 7 was needed, though the debutant Krunal Bhatt managed a last ditched battle at the end with Mark Connolly (who hit a 6 for crying out loud!) returning for the first time this season with 28 and 17 not out respectively; another notable mention for Pete Coxon’s 30 off 32.

In the end though, due to a combination of reasons, primarily the on-the-spot bowling from Firth and Short, but 6 dropped catches would be definitely high on the blame scale, Stalybridge unfortunately couldn’t make up the needed runs to catch High Lane, finishing 15 short, ending 159 for 7.

IMG_1572I wouldn’t like to be keeper Anthony Hunter though, greeting his missus with this on his return home, on her birthday no-less…





Result: High Lane CC 2nd XI win by 15 runs.

Match scorecard: 20160716-Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI-High Lane 2nd XI

[Week 10] Mottram CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

13_heavy_rain_shower_nightWith only 15 balls faced, the heavens opened and despite having a new outfield fitted over the winter, and massive drainage works done at the same time, it still wasn’t enough to stop the duck ponds forming on the outfield, the blocked drains on the covers didn’t help causing a large overspill onto the track during the second spell of rain, so with little chance of the pitch drying out after tea (another good one btw – with paté!) was called early, the umpire made the decision to abandon the match.

Mottram CC 2nd XI 25.06.2016
Mottram CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 25.06.2016


Result: Match Drawn.

[Week 7] Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI vs Chapel-en-le-Frith 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIWell, it’s 5pm and the game’s been over 55 minutes already, and only 81 runs scored over both innings on a glorious sunny afternoon.

Captain, Brian Stone, doing his usual sleight of hand and winning the toss, put a weakened Chapel-en-le-Frith team in to bat with 4 juniors, and with only the 4th ball of the game Mudi racked up the first of seven wickets conceding just 14 runs over eight overs.

With 4 wickets down with only 10 runs on the board, the rout had already begun, including two catches from my son Jordan, the second of which, the better, over his shoulder moving at pace.

With just 40 runs on the board, and Joan rushing to get the tea’s out, the thoughts were now to not concede more than one wicket, to ensure maximum points, thankfully, that is what we managed, with openers Alex Wilde and Rick Parry, putting 29 on the scoreboard, before James Beswick replaced Rick to help put the remaining 12 runs on with 8.

Result: Stalybridge win by 9 wickets.

Score card: 20160604-Stalybridge-St-Pauls-2nd-XI-Chapel-en-le-Frith-2nd-XI

[Week 6] Stalybridge St Paul’s vs Offerton

Stalybridge St Paul’s hosted Offerton on Saturday hoping to pick up from their previous home win.

Having lost the toss and being invited to bat, openers Adam Harwick and Daniel Collins soon set about the bowling as they gave Stalybridge a solid start with a 69 partnership. Following the demise of Harwick (40) and Collins (35), a typical Stalybridge mid-order collapse ensued with only Khalid Akram (26) getting into double figure. No. 9 Mike Mallett ensured Stalybridge passed 200 however with some powerful hitting, as he smashed 52 not out, meaning the target was set at 218 to win.

Mallett picked up where he had left off with the bat by picking up 4 wickets, as Offerton limped to 61 all out.

Stalybridge 2nds also picked up a 4 wicket win at Offerton to jump up a few places in the table. Muddy Bashir finishing with 5 wickets.

This week Stalybridge travel to Chapel-en-le-Frith with the 2s hosting the same opposition. 2nds then travel to New Mills in the cup on Sunday.